Saint Maud (2020), Isolation, Religion and Sexuality at the Sea-Side

Name a better combination than Britain and Horror….that’s right you can’t. Now I’m willing to admit that this statement carries a fair amount of bias, being a British Horror fan myself, but while many tote Japan, Italy, or America as the paragons of the genre, there’s an undeniable charm and legacy that Britain has whenContinue reading “Saint Maud (2020), Isolation, Religion and Sexuality at the Sea-Side”

Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the success of his previous film, Miyazaki eyed up Diana Wynne Jones’s novel; Howl’s Moving Castle, as his next directorial effort after Mamoru Hosada, the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, left the project after creative differences with the Studio Ghibli executives. Howl’s Moving Castle has become one ofContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle”

Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)

I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched The Cat Returns; all I knew about it was that it was a fantasy-focused spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, which already seemed weird due to how grounded Whisper of the Heart, mostly, is. Also I knew that the film was the sole Ghibli filmContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)”

Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office

Author’s Note: This review does contain spoilers, specifically spoilers regarding elements present in this remake that are not in the original animated film. So even if you’ve seen the original but still care about this remake I would advise reading with caution. 2020 is an exhausting year for film fans. Not only have many high-profileContinue reading “Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office”

Staff Picks: The Brutal Brian De Palma

Today marks the birth of one of the leading New Hollywood Directors; Brian De Palma. With a career spanning 52 years, and creating classics in multiple genres, De Palma has cemented him as a seminal director. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites outContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Brutal Brian De Palma”

Staff Picks: The Devilish Dario Argento

Today marks the birth of the Master of Horror himself, the seminal Italian director; Dario Argento. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites out of his filmography, from his early Giallo work to his later, more experimental, horror features. The Bird With The CrystalContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Devilish Dario Argento”

Tenet (2020), The Return of the Blockbuster

In a year with no tent-pole blockbusters to compete against it, Tenet has been on the mind of every film fan for months now. With the coronavirus delaying the release of the film, and while the news about Nolan and the Studio’s pushing for it to be released in recently reopened cinemas have caused aContinue reading “Tenet (2020), The Return of the Blockbuster”

Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)

Whether you’re an anime fan or not, chances are one of the few titles you’d recognise regardless is Spirited Away. Often referred to as Miyazaki’s magnum opus, Spirited Away is both a labour of love and the culmination of the gradual advancements in animation we’ve seen throughout Miyazaki’s career. The impact and reach that thisContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)”

Beetlejuice (1988), Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Beetlejuice will always hold a special place in my heart; the first time I ever went to America I was on a trip to San Francisco and after a long day of constant traveling we made it to the Hotel, ordered a pizza and put on the TV only to find the film playing. IContinue reading “Beetlejuice (1988), Happy Birthday Tim Burton!”

Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)

It seems I’m falling into a trend with these pieces, everytime I get to a new Isao Takahata film I haven’t seen before it’s the same excuse, the art style looked bland or the lack of discourse surrounding the film never stirred me to sit down and watch it, and yet again I can onlyContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)”